U.S. federal government agencies today are among the biggest users of cloud services. This is a result of years of effort to shift data and workloads to the cloud in order to reduce spending and increase efficiency.
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With another year of too many high profile, and quite frankly avoidable, data breaches under our belts, it’s time to take a look forward and identify areas where you may be able to improve your security program and hopefully become more efficient and reduce risk more effectively.
It’s not always the bad guys that sabotage enterprise security efforts, sometimes organizations do that all on their own.
When it comes to enterprise security, cloud was supposed to help simplify security efforts. But it didn’t turn out that way. Today, the typical large enterprise has its legacy environments, public clouds, private clouds, private hosted clouds, and various hybrid flavors of each to secure. And within those systems applications are becoming containerized, and broken into many different discrete services. All of this is not only fundamentally changing the way enterprises must secure their environments, but also significantly increasing the complexity in doing so.
Conventional endpoint security solutions - originally designed for hardware-defined, premise-based infrastructure - are unsuitable for the modern data center. As a result, 58.4% of IT execs say that the lack of infrastructure-agnostic security is the main challenge in the data center transformation process.
Each December, security researchers make predictions for the following year, and they always seems to sound the same: attacks will increase, malware will be more sophisticated because hackers are upping their game, so IT executives must secure their infrastructure or else. So what can enterprises expect from the threat landscape in 2018?
Fears about the security and privacy of data stored in the cloud seem to have decreased somewhat over the years, perhaps because organizations have become more comfortable with the idea of entrusting service providers with their digital assets.
A new Bitdefender survey reveals that security is best argument for enabling datacenters’ agility, efficiency and flexibility. Companies have started moving away from legacy hardware-centric systems and toward revolutionary technologies - such as software-defined data centers, hyperconverged infrastructures, and, hybrid cloud - while keeping data protection as a prime concern.
As 2017 draws to an end, the Bitdefender threat analysis unit is already looking into the upcoming malware developments that will likely emerge in the year to come. Bitdefender experts predict an increase of zero-day exploits leaked from security agencies the world over, and massive changes to the way ransomware operates.
The past few months have spurred a dramatic reshaping of the threat landscape. Traditional threats such as generic Trojans, ransomware and spam bots have been massively complemented by data destructors. Powered by military-grade code allegedly leaked from the NSA, both WannaCry and GoldenEye wrought havoc throughout Q2 and Q3, shutting down businesses and causing unprecedented operating losses.
We’re hearing more and more about smart cities, as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, sensors, higher bandwidth, and other technology advancements make it more feasible to modernize population centers.
When it comes to insider threats, the nature of the threats is largely the same regardless of the computing environment, such as whether the data and apps reside on-premises, public cloud, or provide cloud — the risk of data exfiltration, data destruction, theft, and similar is ever-present.